***Recently Updated: June 10th, 2012***

> 80%

Based on Retail, Company Exclusives - Metacritic:

Sony vs. Microsoft Since Xbox 360's Launch Month:
Sony (59) - Microsoft (35)

Sony vs. Microsoft Since PlayStation 3's Launch Month:
Sony (50) - Microsoft (28)

PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360 Since 360's Launch Month:
PlayStation 3 (42) - Xbox 360 (35)

PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360 Since PS3's Launch Month:
PlayStation 3 (42) - Xbox 360 (28)

Based on Retail, True Exclusives - Metacritic:

Sony vs. Microsoft Since Xbox 360's Launch Month:
Sony (44) - Microsoft (24)

Sony vs. Microsoft Since PlayStation 3's Launch Month:
Sony (36) - Microsoft (18)

PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360 Since 360's Launch Month:
PlayStation 3 (30) - Xbox 360 (24)

PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360 Since PS3's Launch Month:
PlayStation 3 (30) - Xbox 360 (18)
> 95%

PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360 - 95%+ meta Company Exclusives: 
PlayStation 3 (2) - Xbox 360 (0)

PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360 - 95%+ meta True Exclusives:
PlayStation 3 (2) - Xbox 360 (0)

What does 'Retail Exclusive' mean?
A retail exclusive is an exclusive game (either Company or True exclusive), which was released in retail stores. They came with a case, disk, usually a booklet/manual, and usually at full retail price.

Why compare retail exclusives?
Some try to compare games in different ways if the results wind up suiting their purpose and backing any argument they're trying to make. These arguments are usually flawed in many ways. For example, some people will simply compare games vs. games and try to point out that a specific system has more total games, or more total games over a certain rating. They fail to mention that a lot of the extra games being compared could very likely be on other systems. For example, some people may include games such as Test Drive: Unlimited as an advantage for the 360 over the PS3.. even though Sony/PlayStation fans were able to play it on their PS2s or their PSP.

Also, while some PSN / XBLA games may be good on their own, they are usually more similar to an HD version of a PS1 game than to a retail 360/PS3 game. Attempting to use them in the same comparison as Mass Effect, Uncharted 2, God of War III, etc. leaves you looking a bit ridiculous. It really doesn't matter if you have 10,000 Peggles, Rez HDs, flOws, Geometry Wars, etc. when you're using them in comparisons which will be including Gran Turismo 5 and Halo: Reach.

What is a 'Company' exclusive?
A company exclusive is a game which is exclusive to a specific company's platforms. For example, the MLB: The Show franchise is exclusive to Sony Platforms and can be found on PS2, PS3, and PSP. If you don't have a PS3, you can still play it on another Sony platform. Likewise, you can play Mass Effect or Gears of War on a capable PC, which would be considered a neutral platform (since PS3 is also coming with some PS3/PC exclusive, such as FFXIV), since the majority are running a Microsoft Windows operating system.. but you could be playing them on a Sony or other brand's computer.

What is a 'True' exclusive?
A true exclusive is only available on one specific platform (with the exclusion of remakes). For example, you can only play Crackdown and Fable II on an Xbox 360, and you can only play Heavy Rain and Resistance: Fall of Man on a PlayStation 3.

Why 80% or greater?
While some might go by 70%+ or 75%+, I think most would agree that 80%+ usually means a great game. While you may not like certain 80%+ rated games, others out there who like a specific genre that you don't, may like the game. For example, I don't like RPGs too much, and wouldn't really consider buying them, but others would feel that same way about driving games or shooters, which I may like. While you can certainly find some good games rated below 80%, you start getting much more iffy. When you're talking low 70s, like 70 or 71.. that's very near high 60s, and I don't think you'll find too many people that will claim a game rated 68-69 is a great game. We can certainly add other comparisons at different percentages in the future, but for now, 80% is the quality barrier that we've chosen.

What is the difference between Sony vs. Microsoft and PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360?
Sony vs. Microsoft compares the Sony and Microsoft gaming consoles. For Sony, it includes PlayStation 2 games for the year between the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3's launches. It also includes PlayStation 2 games beyond PlayStation 3's launch, since Sony continued to support the PlayStation 2. Microsoft's comparisons would have included original Xbox games, but they ended their support for their original console as soon as the 360 launched. So it shows the games that PS2 owners could have been playing (such as God of War 2, FFXII, or MGS3:S) if they didn't buy a 360 at launch and stuck with just Sony consoles. PC is considered a neutral platform. It generally would not be considered a Microsoft platform, since many manufacturers build PCs. Games on Xboxs and PCs are, however, not counted against the Xbox when it comes to Company Exclusives, since the majority of PCs run a Microsoft operating system. Likewise, games coming out on PS3/PC, like Final Fantasy XIV, and DC Universe Online could be played on a Sony computer... and technically we are comparing by hardware, so while Microsoft fans would argue that PC should be considered a Microsoft platform, it's also true that Windows is software, not hardware. So that argument could be very harmful to Microsoft in these types of comparisons if you take that into consideration. We feel the most unbiased solution is to recognise both companies when it comes to PC, and make it a neutral platform.

PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360 only includes PS3 and 360 games in the comparisons, and does not include PS2 games, even if they were released in the same time frame.

Please be aware that we attempt to be as unbiased as possible with this page, but there are instances where a game may be borderline and a best judgment call is made. For example, with Ninja Gaiden (Xbox) vs. Ninja Gaiden Sigma (PS3), Ninja Gaiden 2 (360) vs. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 (PS3), Star Ocean: The Last Hope (360) vs. Star Ocean: The Last Hope International (PS3); some people would consider these exclusive. We don't here, for the simple fact that they are very much the same game, with some improvements or extra content in the PS3 versions. Metal Gear Online (PS3), released by itself in retail stores in Japan, is not included separately on this listing, due to the fact that it also came on the Metal Gear Solid 4 disk. Also note that Modnation Racers is considered an exclusive, but not a true exclusive. Even though it is only on one console (PS3), it was also released on Sony's handheld (PSP).

Then you have other instances where we included borderline games. For example, God of War: Collection (PS3), which contains God of War (PS2) and God of War II (PS2), with higher resolution, faster frame-rate, trophies, etc. on a PS3 disk is considered an exclusive here, but not a true exclusive, whereas God of War II is still considered a true exclusive for the PS2. Also, to a lesser degree, Halo 3: ODST (360), which is somewhat similar to an expansion pack over Halo 3 (360), is included as a true exclusive, since it did have its own campaign and other improvements or extra content, including with its multiplayer.

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In the future, we will be looking to add PS2 vs. Xbox, as well as including GameRankings scores as an alternative comparison to Metacritic scores.

Information used in these comparisons is current as of June 10th, 2012.
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